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Sixteen-year-old Jae Hwa Lee is a Korean-American girl with a black belt, a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows, and a chip on her shoulder the size of Korea itself. When her widowed dad uproots her to Seoul from her home in L.A., Jae thinks her biggest challenges will be fitting in to a new school and dealing with her dismissive Korean grandfather. Then she discove...more
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Published March 1st 2014 by Skyscape
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    Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
    My face feels as if it’s turning as red as kimchi.
    I’m out of breath, and my nerves are fried squid.
    What. The. Fuck. Just because a character is Asian, it doesn't mean she thinks like that. Never once in my life have I ever had a thought along the line of "Man, I feel as limp as a bowl of Pho noodles." No. Just NO.

    This review will be sprinkled with profanity, rage, and random insertions of hot Korean men gifs that serve no purpose whatsoever. Why? Because I can.

    It's going to be fucking long beca...more
    Jul 29, 2013 Beth rated it 5 of 5 stars
    Shelves: fantasy, ya
    An amazing contemporary fantasy that explores the vast legends of Korea, this richly detailed novel kept me turning the pages well into the night. Jae Hwa starts off as a strong character and ends as a noble one, using both her brains and her brawn to win the day--she's exactly the kind of girl YA literature needs.
    Howdy YAL
    To be fair really 1.5 stars.

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    Despite the fact that Asia is the world’s largest continent and that many of these countries play an important part in both the past and the present, YA tends to ignore them. I don’t know why. It’s not like any of the myths and legends that this part of the world has are any less interesting than its western counterparts. And for that matter, these countries do not lack hot men either.

    Rob Slaven
    As usual I didn't pay anything for this book but instead received it for free. This time via the courtesy of the Kindle Firsts program. Despite that kindness I give my candid thoughts below.

    Firstly, this is a YA novel so the criteria I apply differ from those of a standard adult novel. The first thing I look at is whether I'd want my own children to read this book from a moral standpoint. Joyfully, I report that this book contains nothing really sexual in nature, unless you count some occasional...more
    Robin (Bridge Four)
    I’m not sure where this went wrong for me. I feel really ho hum about the whole story. I’m not sure if I just wasn’t into the Korean mythology or the characters or just the overall story but I never really connected with this. It took me an entire week to complete and if you know me you know that is absolutely unheard of. I actually only marked one line in the book, also unheard of for me. By comparison in the first 5 chapters of Cress I have 11 highlights.

    I’m completely socially incompetent in...more
    Casey McCormick
    Christina is one of my very talented CPs and I can't wait for you all to read GILDED. Such a fantastic novel. Make sure you click that "Want to Read" button!
    The Holy Terror
    Hey, another YA fantasy set in Korea! Maybe this one will be better than Prophecy ...

    Too bad we have to wait until March 2014 to find out!

    1.5 stars. I really wanted to like this book. The setting and its mythology--so unusual for your standard YA fantasy--should be enough to make this book stand out, but the lackluster characters and sloppy storytelling bring this book down.

    The author just takes for granted that we will care about these characters: Marc is "hot," we're immediately told, so we know who the love interest is; Michelle is SUCH a great best friend (that the heroine has only known for a few months); and Jae Hwa herself...more
    Disclaimer: I'm Korean American. So I'll probably be harsher on this book because there's so few representation, and I expect authors to do their research properly before writing about someone outside their race.

    Did not finish. Got to page 150 and realized I couldn't read more.

    - Clearly researched well
    - Prose was good from what I could see

    - I do not like the main character, Jae. Specifically because she mentions how she wishes her bully would pick on other "immis" (short for immig...more
    Lindsey Rae

    This book leaves me speechless. Such a new and unique story. Christina Farley is a fantastic writer with an amazing imagination. If you are looking for something new this is your solution. When I first got Gilded I was unsure because of never having read something like it, but being a lover of both fantasy and mythology I thought to try it. I was extremely surprised and in love with this book though and it even ignited a solid interest in Korean mythology. I cannot wait for the next b...more
    This book...

    This book is one of those books that at first your not sure if you like the book or not. But once you give it a hundred pages to read you will get hooked on the book. I love how the characters are build up in the story. The book gives me the feels at some certain point. Before I didn't know what this book was until I went to a festival and actually met this author. She was so nice to me Eventhough I was with her 24/7 which I feel bad for. Anyways when I read this book I felt like as...more
    There was nothing about this book that I enjoyed... I hate starting series and not finishing them, but I have zero interest in picking up whatever other books in this series are written. I like YA books that can be read and enjoyed by adults. This book had many of the same flaws as Magisterium - YA that I can't imagine anyone who isn't a young adult (emphasis on YOUNG) enjoying. No character development, unnecessarily complicated story with no answers... bleh.
    Anna  Matsuyama
    Mar 29, 2014 Anna Matsuyama marked it as not-my-cuppa
    I've suspicion that if I would read this book I would end hating it for the same reasons I hate The Last Samurai.

    No, thanks.

    Tara Gallina
    Ancient mythology, descendant of a legendary princess, and forbidden romance. These three elements drew me to Gilded. But it didn't stop there. Once I started reading, the characters, (Jae, her mysterious and aloof grandfather, her best friend Michelle, her love interest Marc) the setting, and fantasy elements kept delivering. Christina is very knowledgeable on her Korean history. This helped her paint a realistic world for the reader. I felt like I was immersed in Seoul, South Korea with Jae—wh...more
    Kept me reading right to the very end. The writing was engaging from the beginning. I liked Jae as a main character since she was portrayed as an athlete and an intelligent girl. The setting was of course, the main draw, since I like to read books that are set in Asia, especially modern Asia. I loved the Korean mythology with tigers and dragons and the Spirit World. I wanted to know more about the mythology and also about life in Korea.

    Unfortunately, there were also equally annoying things abou...more
    This book follows the same pattern found in many YA novels: introduce a hero (male or female) who doesn't pay attention to one bit of advice others give him or (in this case) her. Of course at the end of the book they still manage to save the day, despite all the - dare I say self-inflicted - horrible situations. Maybe it can happen once or twice, but to just blatantly ignore every single piece of advice given to her by friends and family members who, according to the story, are subject matter e...more
    Mar 03, 2014 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
    Shelves: own-tbr
    I LOVE this! I love Polynesian mythology and discovered a new found love for korean mythology with this book. I felt wrapped up in the culture and story waiting to see how everything would play out for Jae Hwa. I'm glad there will be a sequel. I did wonder why Jae Hwa was so reluctant to call upon Haechi for help at times. This did make me want to read The Percy Jackson series because of all the reference's to it being a korean version of that series. I did see a mild comparison to a korean Katn...more
    This was an interesting and reasonably unique YA novel that was actually pretty delightful to read. Jae Hwa has just moved to South Korea and is having some trouble fitting in. To make matters worse, there's a sort-of curse on her family because she's descended from a mythological princess who jilted a demigod, and the demigod has continued to claim the soul of every generation's eldest female since then.

    First off, I really enjoyed that this book's location was Korea and not Japan. I love Japan...more
    I loved this book. The heroine, Jae Hwa, is strong and resourceful, and she's not afraid to throw down. But at the same time, she's respectful and good to those around her. She's a very complicated character who has to make some tough choices, and while she might not always make the "right" choice or even the "smart" choice, her motivations are entirely believable and sympathetic, and Jae Hwa's sheer determination keeps her committed and focused. Another thing I loved about this book is the nons...more
    Fantasy is not always my favorite genre, and mythology as a subgenre of it even less so (I know, I know, don't throw tomatoes), but I wanted to read Gilded as part of our ARC tour and because I love my interactions with Christina.

    What a pleasure this book was! The writing was the perfect blend of gorgeously descriptive, contemporary feeling and accessible mythology. I loved the modern Korean setting and Jae, the main character's, reluctance yet also her draw to the her native heritage. The fun b...more
    Gilded is a captivating contemporary fantasy that takes the reader and immerses her in a wonderful mix of modern-day Korea and Korean mythology. The incredible world-building made me feel like I was right there walking the streets of Seoul. Add in a literally kick-butt heroine, a forbidden romance, and mythological creatures, and you have a compelling read that you can't put down.

    I highly recommend Gilded, and can't wait for the release of SILVERN (Sept. 23).

    Robin Constantine
    GILDED drew me in from page one. On the one hand, Jae Hwa is your average teenager worried about grades, the school ski trip and that hot guy she's crushing on...and on the other hand, she's a kick butt heroine who can knock down her demigod adversary with a round house kick to the head. I loved the journey this novel took me on - always surprising and with gorgeous imagery. Very satisfying/fun read!!
    The only reason I got through it is because it wasn't too long and the mythology kept me going. Otherwise, I would have left it. Jae Hwa is just...not very smart. At all. Anything someone tells her not to do, she does it. Her ideas are executed pretty badly. She constantly messes up. This is different from being flawed. A hero has flaws. Unfortunately, Jae Hwa's flaw is stupidity and that doesn't make for an interesting read.

    Also, the love interest is white. Which is fine if you wanna do an int...more
    Jane Ellen Freeman
    This story is wonderful on many levels: exotic setting, well-rounded, real characters, a fantasy adventure with a love story thrown in for good measure. Loved it.
    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Cant wait for the next book.
    Great story with a fantastic setting!
    Heather Heffner
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    Joe Frazier
    Fresh Fun in a Fabulous Setting

    One of the first things that struck me about Gilded, besides its ridiculously cool cover designed by Abby Kuperstock, was how fresh the story seemed. If you examine any individual element, it's been done before: protagonist girl with abilities of which she is unaware and a willingness to go where angels dare not tread, the cool and slightly shy boyfriend who the object of the gorgeous girl's desire, the over-worked and slightly overbearing widowed father who hides...more
    I would never have guessed this was Farley’s first novel; that’s how good it was. This is set in modern-day Korea but the impact of Korea’s mythology is still felt. Jae Hwa Lee is a half-Korean transplant to Korea when her father gets a job there. She’s very good at martial arts but when a visit to her grandfather’s house leads her to an alternate dimension where she is mistaken for a princess betrothed to a god, things get a little out of hand. Yet Jae Hwa is more than an empty-headed fluff, sh...more
    Danielle Choffrey
    I found this lacking in many ways. I had no connection to Jae or even the story really. I found myself just moving along with the flow of the story. I like books where I am dragged into its depths, I feel like the characters are really experiencing whatever it is that's going on in the book. I love books like that, but this is just not one of those.

    The story felt stilted at times and repetitive at others.

    Jae is attempting to break the curse that has plagued her family. For generations the soul...more
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